Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)
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The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened 

Local handyman Eli Scruggs dies from a heart attack on his last day of work and the housewives remember moments when he affected their lives.


Larry Shaw


Marc Cherry (created by), Marc Cherry | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Teri Hatcher ... Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman ... Lynette Scavo
Marcia Cross ... Bree Hodge
Eva Longoria ... Gabrielle Solis (as Eva Longoria Parker)
Nicollette Sheridan ... Edie Britt
Ricardo Chavira ... Carlos Solis (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)
Doug Savant ... Tom Scavo
Kyle MacLachlan ... Orson Hodge
Dana Delany ... Katherine Mayfair
Neal McDonough ... Dave Williams
Shawn Pyfrom ... Andrew Van De Kamp (credit only)
Brenda Strong ... Mary Alice Young
James Denton ... Mike Delfino
Charlie Carver ... Porter Scavo (credit only)
Max Carver ... Preston Scavo (credit only)


When a neighborhood handyman, named Eli Scruggs, suddenly passes from a heart attack away one day before his retirement, the residents of Wisteria Lane come to realize just how much he affected their lives. Gabrielle recalls how Eli helped her make new friends when she first moved in, including her friendship with the late Mary Alice Young. Lynette remembers how Eli came to her aide when she was overwhelmed in raising her four wild kids, and as a result, neglected Penny. Susan remembers on how he repeatably helped her stay sane and was always there for her as a shoulder to cry on each time a man walked out of her life and was the only man who accepted her slightly-insane and neurotic personalty. Edie looks back on their "special friendship" she had with Eli at numerous times. Finally, Bree thinks fondly of how a small gesture Eli once made that helped get her to where she is today. Written by matt-282

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Plot Keywords:

bed | ritual | dinner | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the 100th Episode! See more »


Eli is shown to be the last person talking to Mary Alice, who has the blackmail note in front of her and shoots herself after he leaves. However in the Season 3 episode 'Bang', Lynette has nightmares as she saw Mary Alice getting the note from the post and going into her house, and shooting herself. Although this may not seem a proper goof as it was a dream, Mary Alice herself says that it was the last time she saw Lynette and that she shot herself "moments later". See more »

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Just a Filler Episode
4 February 2009 | by kookyflegmSee all my reviews

so far season 5 has been pretty fantastic, compared with 3 and 4.. so this last episode came as a total disappointment .. it was a total fluff piece, with no relevance to plot whatsoever, it doesn't add anything to any of the characters .. and there's no point in making you care about some random stranger, who you create and kill off in the same episode .. it's more film than TV!

i do understand that sometimes series need filler episodes, they all do it, but then again, i don;t understand why they put it just before they have (YET ANOTHER) break .. breaks in the flow are annoying enough, without presenting your audience with a total anticlimax as the last thing they remember .. at least one would expect a minor drama, if not a cliffhanger .. which leaves you excited and gasping for more (as was the fire in the nightclub before the Christmas break)

in a nutshell, disappointing!

(and what is happening to Jackson? i thought he was making a full recovery from his accident and was going to be back??)

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